Month: June 2017

4th Of July Weekend Activities

The holiday weekend is upon us! Check out this list of 4th of July weekend activities that you can do with the whole family!

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  • Go to a parade
  • Take in a fireworks show-check out my list of local fireworks displays here
  • Make a special 4th of July treat-check out Pinterest for ideas or try these Firecracker Pancakes by Betty Crocker:


-2 cups of Bisquick

– 1 cup of milk

-2 eggs

-1 teaspoon of vanilla


-1 cup powdered sugar

-1/4 cup of milk

-1 teaspoon of vanilla

-red and blue food coloring


  1. Spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium-low heat.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the pancake ingredients with a whisk until just mixed.
  3. To make a pancake, pour slightly less than a 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet. Cook for approximately 30 seconds or until the edges look dry and then flip, cooking until pancake is light golden brown.
  4. To create the glaze, beat the powdered sugar, 1/4 cup of milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla with a whisk until it comes together and is smooth. Divide the glaze evenly into 3 bowls, leaving one white and tinting the other two with the blue and red food coloring.
  5. To finish the pancakes, drizzle the red, white, and blue glaze over the pancakes and serve.
  • Host a BBQ for family and friends
  • Head to a beach-Lake Geneva isn’t too far and it’s beautiful!
  • Have a family picnic


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Farmhouse Gray

Do you love the trendy farmhouse gray style? Are you thinking about adding it to your home? Here are some perfect gray hues to achieve this look!

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  • Ammonite by Farrow & Ball
  • Gray Owl by Benjamin MoorePhoto of a gray bedroom for an article about farmhouse gray design.
  • Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball
  • Pashmina by Benjamin Moore
  • Horizon Gray by Benjamin Moore
  • Modern Gray by Sherwin Williams
  • Sleigh Bells by Benjamin Moore
  • Winter’s Gate by Pratt & Lambert
  • Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore
  • Rodeo by Benjamin Moore
  • Whisper by Benjamin MoorePhoto of a gray bathroom for an article about farmhouse gray.
  • Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams
  • Cloud by Dunn-Edwards
  • Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore
  • Shoreline by Benjamin Moore
  • Horizon by Benjamin Moore
  • Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore


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Painting Cabinets-Mistakes To Avoid

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Painting cabinets can look great and really update the look of a space, but there are many potential mistakes to be aware of and avoid!

  • You don’t allow enough time: Typically this DIY project cannot be completed correctly in just one afternoon. 4-7 days is more realistic in order to allow enough prep time before painting.
  • Not removing doors and drawers: Some DIYers try to leave the doors on and drawers in and plan to just paint over hardware and hinges but this isn’t the best idea. The paint will start to chip and look worn within a month or so, so it’s best to put in the effort to remove them before painting to save yourself from extra work later.
  • Not de-greasing: You may keep a clean home and think your cabinets are clean enough to begin painting, but if a de-greaser is not applied to the cabinets prior to painting, the paint will not adhere correctly to the cabinets which will cause major issues.
  • You skip sanding: Sanding is a crucial step to take before painting. Use a 150 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the surface of the cabinets which will help the paint to go on smoothly.
  • You don’t label drawers and doors: It’s a good idea to label doors and drawers so that you know exactly where to put them after painting.
  • Not priming: Even though it’s more work, using a primer before painting is necessary. A stain blocking primer is best and will prevent wood grain from showing through the paint as time goes by.
  • Putting the doors back on too soon: It’s tempting to rush to put the cabinets back together but it’s super important to allow the paint to dry and cure correctly before putting everything back.
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Local Fireworks Displays

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  • Plainfield has two fireworks displays this year; one is at dusk on July 3rd at Plainfield Central High School and one is on July 1st at dusk at Bruce Ponti Park. Tune into Star 96.7 to listen to music as you watch the display.
  • Aurora: July 4th at dusk at RiverEdge Park located at 360 N. Broadway Street.
  • Yorkville: Fourth of July Celebration on July 4th beginning at 9 am. A parade starting at Yorkville High School will kick the festivities off followed by activities until noon at Yorkville Town Square (301 N. Bridge Street) and finally a fireworks display at dusk also at the Yorkville Town Square.
  • Oswego: Independence Day Fireworks will take place on July 4th at 9:30 pm at Prairie Point Park located at 4120 Plainfield Road. A rain date has been set for July 5th.
  • Romeoville: Independence Day Celebration featuring live music, food and fireworks starts at 6 pm at Deer Crossing Park (1050 W Romeo Road) with fireworks at Village Park (900 W Romeo Road) starting at 9:30 pm.
  • Joliet: Free Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park (201 W. Jefferson Street at Bluff Street) from 5-10 pm on July 1st with fireworks beginning at dusk. Admission is free with food and drinks available for purchase. This event features live music, brews, and games.
  • Channahon: Independence Day Celebration at Community Park (23304 W. McClintock Road) from 5:30 to 10:30 pm on July 4th with fireworks at 9:15 pm. This fun family event features a “Freedom Parade” with kids, pets and bikes, sand art, foam pit, inflatables, face painting, dodge ball, drinks, live music, and an after fireworks party until 10:30 pm.
  • Naperville: Ribfest fireworks are July 3rd at 9:30 pm at Knoch Park located at 724 S. West Street.
  • Morris: Grundy County Fair fireworks at dusk on July 3rd at the Grundy County Fairgrounds located at 8890 Route 47. Admission to the fair is free but there is a fee for some activities which include eating contests, stock racing, rides, games, livestock demonstrations/judging, Magic Matt’s Family Fun Show and more.
  • Bolingbrook: 4th of July Extravaganza-The All-American Celebration will take place at the Bolingbrook Golf Club (2001 Rodeo Drive) on July 4th at 2 pm with a fireworks display at dusk. Live music including performances by the Gina Glocksen Band and the Blackhawks tenor Jim Cornelison singing the National Anthem and a BBQ buffet (call 630-771-9400 ext. 4008 for reservations).
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Plainfield Summer Events

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Summer is officially here and there are a lot of fun Plainfield summer events happening!

  • Tomorrow, Friday June 23rd, beginning at 8:30 pm in Settler’s Park, the movie Trolls will be shown. The movie is rated PG with a run time of 92 minutes. Settler’s Park is located at 24401 W Lockport Street in Plainfield. For more information, call (815) 609-6124.
  • Sunday, June 25th from 12-4 pm the Plainfield farmer’s market will take place in the parking lot near the Plainfield Public Library. The market features fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items. For more information, contact Susan Bostanche at (630) 608-7344.
  • Cruise nights will happen on Tuesday, June 27th from 5-9 pm. Head to downtown Plainfield to enjoy classic cars on display.


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Check Out The Shorewood Kite Fest!

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The Shorewood Kite fest is happening this Sunday, June 25th from 11 am until 3 pm at Cene’s Four Seasons Park! This fun family event is FREE to the public and will include demonstrations from professional kite flyers. Bring the whole  family and your own kites to join in on the fun!

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Boost Your Credit Score With These 5 Actions

Boosting your credit score can be done quickly with these 5 actions.

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  1. Check over your credit report and dispute any errors that you see. Once any errors are corrected, your score should quickly improve.
  2. Request a limit increase on a credit card; this will raise the amount of credit available to you and have a positive impact on your score.
  3. If a credit issuer will not give you an increase in your credit limit, consider opening a new credit card account and not using the card.
  4. If any debt accounts are in collections, work on negotiating those balances and getting them paid off.
  5. Be added on to someone else’s credit card account as an authorized user.



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Whitney Miller Golf Classic

Photo of Dawn Dause and others at the Whitney Miller Golf Classic.

The Dawn Dause Group sponsored a hole at the Whitney Miller Golf Classic at Broken Arrow Golf Club benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy counties and Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Photo of the Dawn Dause Group tent at the Whitney Miller Golf Classic.                                                              Photo of a large Dawn Dause Group business card from the Whitney Miller Golf Classic.

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